Former UFC fighter Charles McCarthy talks to another former UFC fighter Kimbo Slice about his transition from college football washout to street fighting to you tube sensation to Pro Elite to the UFC to pro boxing. McCarthy calls Kimbo the highest paid MMA fighter in history. He's right up there although Brock Lesnar might have him beat.
After going 1-1 with the UFC, Slice was cut. He'll make his pro boxing debut on August 13, 2011. Slice will fight in a four-round headlining attraction against 39 year old James Wade (0-1) at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
UFC fans will remember McCarthy from his spinning back kick KO loss to David Loiseau and his unfortunate tenure on season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter. McCarthy retired from MMA after catching a beating from Michael Bisping at UFC 83 in 2008.
In case you've been under a rock and sans an internet connection for the past five years, here's an account of Kimbo's early days from Wikipedia:
Ferguson started working as bouncer for a strip club until high school friend and current manager, Mike Ember, offered him a job as limousine driver and bodyguard for RK Netmedia, better known as Reality Kings, a Miami-based pornography production/promotion company responsible for a number of popular adult subscription websites. Kimbo still maintains close ties with Reality Kings who now accompany him, as his fight entourage, under the name Team Kimbo.
In 2002, he was charged for carrying a concealed weapon and in 2003, he began his career in unsanctioned street fights. They were distributed through the Internet, mainly through the adult website SublimeDirectory and YouTube. In his first taped fight against a man named Big D, Ferguson left a large cut on his opponent's right eye which led Internet fans to call him Slice, becoming the last name to his already popular childhood nickname, Kimbo.
His only on-tape street fight loss was against Sean Gannon, a former Boston police officer who also trains in MMA. The popularity of the fight propelled both men into the MMA spotlight.